Steroid Abuse - Prevention

What advice can you give to avoid or prevent steroid use or addiction?

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Can anabolic steroid abuse and addiction be prevented?

Prevention of steroid abuse begins at a young age. There is pressure even at middle school to take drugs to increase performance on the playing field and in the gym. As well, personal appearance and perception begin early on. Unrealistic expectations can drive adolescent boys and girls to look like models on fashion magazines and athletes in the gym.

Counseling and guidance that continues through high school and beyond has been shown to be effective in decreasing steroid use in the younger population.

It seems that the of anabolic steroids in school in school kids may be decreasing, perhaps due to the education efforts and perhaps because of the negative publicity of high profile professional athletes who have been caught.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, in 2011, the number of kids using steroids had decreased by more than 50% from a decade before.

Annual prevalence rate for steroid use in 2011
  Boys Girls
Grade 8 1.0% 0.4%
Grade 10 1.4% 0.4%
Grade 12 1.8% 0.5%
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